The Lighthouse and The Whaler
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The Lighthouse & The Whaler with Cold Weather Company
The Lighthouse & The Whaler
The story of Cleveland, Ohio’s The Lighthouse And The Whaler is one of perseverance and determination; of personal, cumulative growth and maturity. Formed in 2008, the current trio of Michael LoPresti, Mark Porostosky, and Ryan Walker have released three full-length albums and headlined tours from coast to coast, picking up accolades from the likes of Rolling Stone, NPR, and many more outlets along the way. They’ve been described, at various times over the past decade, as a folk, alternative, and rock band – and the truth is they’ve dabbled in all these areas, and more – but fitting into one box has never been a defining factor for them.
“For me, our sound is more like a concept or an existential experience than it is a specific genre,” LoPresti says. “If you have to boil it down that’s fine, but I want it to be more than that: I want it to be a way of understanding oneself. I can find something about myself that I didn’t realize was there, or I can go and feel emboldened to be the person that I want to be and am trying to be.”
For LoPresti and co, it’s about making a positive impact – of making a difference in people’s lives – and nowhere does that mission come to bear more clearly than on the band’s buoyant and intense long-awaited new single, “Way Back.” “I love that song – it just has this energy,” LoPresti says. For him, it’s a song of returning; of “finding your way back to who you were.” “When we started the band, there was this sense of optimism and a carefree attitude. Sometimes that’s when the best art is made – when you’re not trying to make it for any other purpose than yourself. I thought that really stamped what this record is about: It just hits you in the face. It sets the tone for the whole record.”
Cold Weather Company
Gathered around the kitchen table of a slate-shingled home in the autumnal forests of Mount Desert Island, Maine sat Brian Curry, Jeff Petescia, Steve Shimchick and their host, Cherie, as they shared chicken stew, port wine and stories. The band was in town on a residency, deep in the writing process of what would become their third album, Find Light.
On the topic of seizing the opportunities presented in one’s life, Cherie said effortlessly, “If I have the time, I must take the time.” When faced with a chance to pursue a passion, we have a responsibility to ourselves to explore it. While the line became a lyric, the lesson defines the path Cold Weather Company has taken since its start.
Forming in 2013, after a serendipitous meeting on a park bench at Passion Puddle on the Cook Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the band has always been a shared commitment to the common passions of its three core members. A synthesis of songwriters, Jeff, Steve, and Brian each bring their own inspirations and styles to the project.
Their first two albums, Somewhere New and A Folded Letter, were self-produced in the basements, bedrooms, and rented cabins of the trio, who met up to write and record whenever there was time to spare. Both albums were supported by self-organized tours covering seventeen states. Traveling by micro-bus and Crosstrek—through tornado warnings and snowstorms—the band played small towns and major cities alike, forging lasting bonds and finding inspiration on the road.
Across their first 26 songs, Cold Weather Company explored its sonic potential, building a compositional foundation that would shape the themes and tones of the music to follow. The band’s third album, Find Light, was the first to be recorded in a dedicated studio, allowing each song to come to full instrumental fruition. Following Find Light’s sixteen tracks, and in the middle of recording demos for their upcoming fourth album, the band released an original holiday song, joined in the final chorus by a choir of friends, near and far.
All this because of a random meeting on a bench, and the seizing of an opportunity. The moment arose, and a chance was taken.
Cold Weather Company has been releasing singles throughout the summer of 2020 and is currently working on finishing their fourth album—still writing, recording and performing whenever there is a moment to be taken. There’s so much to look forward to.